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Black Stupa (That Dam), Vientiane

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Legend has it that Black Stupa (That Dam) contains a dormant, seven-headed serpent, who guarded the city against the Siamese invasion in the 19th century. Located at the center of a roundabout, the monument is believed to have been built in the 16th century, and was once plated in gold before looters took its precious exterior, leaving it with the bare brick you see today. Stop by for a look at the stupa on your way to one of the nearby restaurants and bars. For Black Stupa (That Dam) and beyond, use our Vientiane family vacation planner to get the most from your Vientiane vacation.
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  • Can be seen as you travel along the road...no need to just stop n take photo shot..it's just a big block n called Black Stupa for tourism only..  more »
  • An interesting statue near the American Embassy. Is located near the city center and easy to find. Starting to become overgrown.
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  • This was the first Stupa we had seen that wasn't being restored and vegetation allowed to take over. However, It did provide for a great photo opportunity.  more »
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  • Also called the Black Stupa, it's a quick visit, not too much to see. Supposedly was once covered in gold leaf like That Luang.
  • That Dam means "black Stupa" (That is Stupa, Dam is black).
  • It is interesting and old but could do with a little bit more info so its' significance can be understood a little better by tourists.
  • Heard it was covered over a lake...the monument was possible built by the France ppl...
  • Beautiful and lot of attraction places and restaurant